The Darkness, Nazareth cancel tours
The Darkness have cancelled their tour of Australia after drummer Ed Graham suffered a recurrence of his health problems.
They were due to travel Down Under with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts starting on April 2, but have now confirmed the trip won’t go ahead.
The band say in a statement: “As some of you may be aware, Ed has had some prior history with hip problems, which resulted in extensive surgery a few years ago, and caused him to miss some US dates in 2012.
“Over the course of the past few weeks’ touring, Ed has been feeling that all is not right in that department, and has been advised to undergo some rest and tests before potentially taking a backwards step and making matters worse.
“He will continue with the last few European shows and will then be forced to take some time out immediately.”
The Darkness aim to reschedule the Australian dates, which they’d rather postpone than play with a stand-in drummer. They say: “To visit countries which do not get enough shows as it is, and not have the full, proper and original band lineup, is simply not the right thing to do.”
Meanwhile, Nazareth have called off their UK tour, which was due to start next week, after singer Dan McCafferty contracted a chest infection during their recent Brazil dates.
They explain: “Doctors have advised Dan that it should take around two weeks to clear the infection. This has resulted in the band having to postpone the UK tour, with the next window of opportunity to complete it being November this year. Promoters and venues have been informed and, hopefully, they will all agree to rescheduling the shows.”